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PersonID19642850
NameRichter, Karl Wendell
BranchUSAF
RankFirst Lieutenant
Graduation1964
KIA Date7/28/1967
SquadronCS 08
Home TownHolly
Home StateMI
High SchoolHolly HS
High School ActivitiesFootball, 4-H, Honor Society, Class President
Post High School
Academy ExperiencesFootball, Squadron Exec Officer, Professional Studies Group
Academic Degree MajorBS - USAFA
Active Duty AssignmentsPilot Training, Pilot F-105D
KIA ConflictVietnam
Combat Information44th Tac Ftr Sq, 388 Tac Ftr Wg, Korat AB, Thailand
Killed In Action MissionLeading a 2-ship 35 NM west of Dong Hoi acft hit by AAA. Ejected and landed on sharp rocky clift. Rescued by HH-3 with severe injuries. Died in Helo Was on his second tour - 198 Missons at time of shoot-down
Next of KinMr & Mrs L. Richter (Parents)
Burial SiteUSAFA
MIA Information
Aeronautical Speciality RatingF-105D Pilot
Notable Decoration Awards1 AFC, 1 SS, 4 DFCs, 1 BS, 1 PH, 22 Ams
CommentsYoungest pilot to shoot down a MIG 17, 1969 Jabara Award Winner. Only 1st Lt. to lead a major air raid against enemy targets
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